AMERICA IS PAST HOPE AND WILL BE DESTROYED? AMERICA IS FAVORED AND WILL NEVER BE DESTROYED? Almost all prophetic words today shout one of those two headlines Facebook oozes with voices claiming to be prophets or mouthpieces for God. The internet teems with self-appointed prophets who scream to be heard, bombarding us with “prophetic words.”
So, is there a word of the Lord in this hour? All I can tell you is I walk in the fear of the Lord and the constant remembrance that one day I will stand before God and give an account for every word I have spoken. Yet, for all that reverential fear my bones burn with a word for this hour.
My Spirit can’t hold it back:
That to autonomously pronounce judgement is to play God. Doomsdayers are calling off the attack against evil when God has not. They are sounding a false retreat. They are making evangelism futile. They are helping put souls in hell by discouraging soul-winners.
Don’t lie to yourself. Don’t make up prophecies of judgement just because you are mad at the church. Face it! Your righteous indignation may be nothing more than a personal grudge that your ministry was rejected by the church.
However, the great danger is not an abundance of prophets of doom. It is the false prophets of grace and entitlement who are most dangerous.
In a wonderful book entitled The American Miracle written by Michael Medved, we see astounding and undeniable examples of God stepping in when America seemed beyond hope. However, these examples are not proof that judgement won’t come. To assume this is sheer madness.
I want to use George Washington as an example of something that desperately needs to be said to the American church. Washington died because of medical malpractice. Back then doctors believed in bleeding sick patients. Washington was already weak from his sickness—by taking blood out, the doctors made him weaker and finally killed him. It was the worst thing they could have done.
Listen church! Cheap grace is bleeding an already weakened church. It helps set us up for national destruction. For Satan, this the perfect theology. Instead of a life-giving conviction and a robust will to fight—this perversion induces drowsiness and apathy.
Why do you think so any of our pastors are closet alcoholics and addicted to porn? And what can you expect a poisoned vessel to preach on Sunday morning?
Past miracles don’t guarantee future mercy. They should awaken urgency, overpowering gratitude, humility, and profound soul searching. Throwing ourselves off the cliff of morality to prove the power of Grace tempts God and provokes wrath.
God is trying to show us the times and what to do: 1 Chronicles 12: 32 “of the sons of Issachar who understood the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” The entire chapter lists the military talent of each tribe of Israel. This gift was Issachar’s weapon
Next, “prophets” who say America will be destroyed or who say America cannot be destroyed are dead wrong. We are neither pardoned nor condemned. Our fate has not yet been decided.
We are living in a moment of mercy: HOW SOON WE FORGET! We were spared the horror of Hillary—the finishing touch of Obama’s death spiral—a permanently enslaving national debt—A Supreme Court chaining us to anti-God laws, freedom-killing environmentalism—open borders bringing perpetual Democratic control, crime and terrorism.
Trump’s election was a miracle meant to ignite the church. His time is Washington will be short, ineffective and we will end up worse off than ever if the church fails to obey God.
Trump has had missteps as president. This does not mean he was the wrong choice. Would we dare abandon him so soon? He needs our prayers. He needs our support.
Here are the precise verses for this hour: Ezra 9: 8 “And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage. 9 For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.”
If, after all the mercy God has demonstrated—in a miraculous election—we fail to repent, rise and take our rightful place in America’s future…we can be destroyed.
Listen again to Ezra:
Ezra 9:13 “And after all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, since You our God have punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and have given us such deliverance as this, 14 should we again break Your commandments, and join in marriage with the people committing these abominations? Would You not be angry with us until You had consumed us, so that there would be no remnant or survivor?”
Wrath comes when you do not properly respond to mercy: 2 Chronicles 32: 25 “But Hezekiah did not repay according to the favor shown him, for his heart was lifted up; therefore, wrath was looming over him and over Judah and Jerusalem.”
Look again at Ezra’s words: but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.”
Trump is a temporary reprieve. Now we must do our part. We must act on the mercy we have been shown. He extended mercy so that we would do three things: Revive, Repair and Rebuild.
Revive: God commands us to seek a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We dare not have church without it! We dare not utter another word in the pulpit that denies it! The word of the Lord for this hour is: cry out to God with heart of gratitude for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Here is the key promise if we do: 1 Samuel 10: 6 Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7 And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.
Repair: The pulpit and our moral compass is broken. They must be repaired! Our wiring, plumbing and foundations are damaged. Abortion and marriage are issues we lost because our leadership was broken. We abandoned the Bible and did not arm ourselves or the congregation with convictions.
America needs Lions who roar from a righteous heart. Away with secret sin and lukewarm grace. Prayer will repair. The voice that shakes hell and frees men and women from bondage is forged only in fervent prayer. Satan does not respect your stage presence, education or tactics. He knows a prayerless poser. He only retreats before men and women who have been to Gethsemane.
Rebuild: We must come home to the Glorious Gospel. We must dismantle all the silly things we have tried to say to this generation. Forget about rebranding! We need to rebuild our sermons from the ground up. Let them be replete with Bible Verses. Let them talk of the mighty God. Fill them with content the Holy Spirit can use on lost souls! The Good News must once again roll off our tongue in the office, on campus and at the mall.
The consequences of cheapening God’s mercy are too terrible to imagine. The opportunity this miracle has opened is too wonderful to ignore. That is the word of the Lord for this hour.
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You were led into a relationship with Jesus where you no longer fit in anywhere. What thrilled others left you scratching your head, wondering how they could be so easily satisfied.
You feel the evil and the blasphemy. You are grieved to see God’s name and honor smeared both inside and outside the church. You wondered “how long Lord?” How long before I can take up the sword of the Lord and bring wrath down on demons?
You have wondered what is happening to you. It seems that everything the enemy has is being thrown at you. Many have pulled away from you—including those you have trusted for years—not understanding the path that you have chosen.
People made big promises to you that turned out to be a puff of smoke. You were left empty at the very moment you believed a great breakthrough was coming.
God promised you something when you began this journey; but now it all seems like a cruel fantasy. You have cried to the Lord “why have you awakened this hope in me if this will never come to pass.” You dared not even tell your family and closest friends your true feelings.
Do you want to understand what is happening to you right now? While you weren’t looking, God reached down and did important work inside you. God tested you in the furnace for holy reasons.
A great self-emptying is in progress. Heaven is asking questions about you and the furnace is answering them.
-He is making you someone can be trusted with great influence and power.
-He is making you someone who has freely received and will freely give.
-He is making you someone who will be so focused and determined that you will never quit.
-He is making you someone who obeys only God—who only goes forth at the command of God—who gives all credit and glory to God.
Let not the darkness of this hour rush your preparation. Fear not! It will not be too late by the time of your breakthrough.
Is this the darkest it has ever been? Does it seem it can get no worse? Then beloved, consider the intensity of this attack as a sign that your breakthrough is at hand…the devil saves the worst for last, but God saves the best for last.
Isaiah 55: 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
12 “For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,
And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;
And it shall be to the Lord for a name,
For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
Paul wrote his last letter to his spiritual son Timothy. One warning stands out: The worst enemy Timothy will ever face is not devils, Roman tyrants, or barbarians. It will be preachers who are backslidden in the pulpit.
2 Timothy 4: 3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
Here it is again in the Living Translation: “For there is going to come a time when people won’t listen to the truth but will go around looking for teachers who will tell them just what they want to hear. They won’t listen to what the Bible says but will blithely follow their own misguided ideas.”
These preachers overrun the church today. They are created by audiences with sensual desires. They are the toast of a generation that never reads their Bibles. They are the product of churches gone wild.
Why am I writing this? The answer is in the prelude to Paul’s warning to Timothy in this final letter. 2 Timothy 4:1 says, “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”
These firm but loving words, are solemnly given. Timothy you will stand before Christ. He will judge fake preachers with great wrath and burn up their works. Don’t be one of them. Fight them. Rebuke whenever it is needed. Instruct with patience as often as is needed. Don’t just do it when you feel like it. Prove that you are one of the real ones.
But Mario, what real harm are these ministers doing? More than anything or anyone else is doing to the church. More than you can possible imagine. They are not merely doing more harm than good—they are doing all harm, and no good.
Preachers who are backslidden in the pulpit are a clear and present danger to the church and to themselves. Their messages create mutants—a huge number of Christian preemies—born in congenital compromise. Lacking the essential nutrients to start a life with Christ as Lord.
How else do you think we lost marriage, gained late-term abortion, and headed down the path of Sodom and Gomorrah? While the backslidden preacher didn’t cause our flood of immorality—they kept the army of God from rising up to stop it.
Because they are backslidden in the pulpit, churches are hostile to true saints. The remnant of God is grieved. They cry tears of sorrow and disbelief at what is pawned off as vessels of God. They struggle to find a church with even a hint of reverence or the presence of God.
To their shame, they, and their followers, have discouraged sincere young preachers.
Do you see any difference between the following situations?
-Urban youth see the lifestyle of drug dealers and pimps and ask “what’s the use of flipping burgers for minimum wage?”
-Young preachers see the tricks, the flamboyance, and easy money of carnal preaching while they struggle to get partners for a righteous cause.
Lost in all of this is the definition of a real man and woman of God. Let me remind you with these words from E.M. Bounds:
“The preacher must throw himself, with all the abandon of a perfect, self–emptying faith and a self–consuming zeal, into his work for the salvation of men. Hearty, heroic, compassionate, fearless martyrs must the men be who take hold of and shape a generation for God. If they be timid time servers, place seekers, if they be men pleasers or men fearers, if their faith has a weak hold on God or his Word, if their denial be broken by any phase of self or the world, they cannot take hold of the Church nor the world for God.”
I wrote this in direct obedience to God. Judgement is coming on preachers who are backslidden in the pulpit. Maybe Jesus can use this to save you before it’s too late.
I wrote this because we need to shout it from the rooftops that God will bless those who go after Him with a clean heart. He will give them untold provision and power. He will raise them up in true promotion. He can still change the world through pure hearts and broken vessels.
What do you call it when politicians ram through legislation without informing the public? What do you call it when they attack those with honest questions? What do you call it when politicians say their new laws protect small groups when in fact they only punish their political enemies?
What should we call it when Senators manipulate language to vilify anyone who disagrees with their agenda? And finally, what should we call it when the real goal is not equality, justice, or truth, but an attempt to control the people? You call it war.
The sooner you realize they have declared war on you and those you love; the sooner you can take appropriate action. Many Christians have never been taught spiritual warfare. In this user friendly era the language of war is scarce and unwelcome.
Now that we are losing our freedoms—now that the vile behavior of the back alley is on main street—now that families see the culture absorbing the faith of their children—believers are open to studying authority over Satan.
Ephesians 6: 10-13 says “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
See where it says “wiles of the devil?” That is what is happening in Sacramento. The tangled web of deceit and bias is clearly the wile of the devil. See where it says “withstand in the evil day?” That day has come to California. This is the day for you—the willing warrior to be used by God. Today, you put on all the armor of God.
It is obvious why believers in California should be interested in the damage Sacramento is doing but why should those of you not from California be alarmed?
A major article came out that said America should be ruled by one party—the Democratic Party. At any other time, we could ignore such babbling but…Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called the article “a great read.” The captains of social media lean far left and wholeheartedly believe in this takeover of America. Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and most social media have been censoring Conservatives and Christians for years even though they deny it. Now, the voices of Christian Conservatives are being purged from all media. All of this is pouring out of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Way too many ministers taught easy believism and made Christians apathetic when they needed to take action. Too many preachers today remind us, “it’s all in God’s hands.” While that is a comforting truth it is not the one we need right now. That’s been an excuse to be passive and missing in action.
But everywhere you look in the Bible it is against passivity and advocates action: “fight the good fight of faith…” “Endure hardness as a good soldier…” “Resist the devil…” “Take the sword of the Spirit…”
It is urgent that we pray in a way we have never prayed before. Stand between heaven and earth as a true intercessor. Invoke the Name above all Names to get to the very Throne of God with your petition. Do what Moses did when he raised the rod of Aaron over the battle. When you pray, pray violently, pray exactingly, detailing the damage you want done and where you want it done. By the Spirit, speak directly to evil powers. Call them out and cast them down. Cut their power over California.
Here is the great promise: When God sees someone take up the mighty weapons of God—in the Name of Jesus—and attempt the impossible—God will muster all of the resources of heaven to bring that someone total victory.
It is time to preach with more boldness and miracles than ever before. At the first attempt to silence the church Peter prayed this prayer: Acts 4:29,30 says, “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus.”
We cannot escape the urgency of revival in California. California in its current condition can pull the nation down with it…but revivals here have always overflowed America.
My last words are to all voting age Christians in California: it is time to call your State Senator on Monday and at least before Thursday when they vote on California Assembly Bill 2943 that will lead to banning the Bible in California. WE MUST ACT BEFORE THURSDAY.
When you email or call your Senator be firm but polite. Tell them you will be voting in the next election and that you will be campaigning for politicians who reflect your values.
Use this link to find your state Senator. http://senate.ca.gov/senators
It does not matter if you live in California or not. They have brought the fight to us and we can’t run from it. In this message I am going to explain exactly what is going on and the direct action we must take.
For those who don’t know yet, California Assembly Bill 2943 passed and has been sent to the State Senate for final approval. Jerry Brown has already said he would sign it into law if the Senate approves it.
This is a terrible law. First it is designed to punish those who believe the Bible’s teaching on sexual sins. The advocates of anti-Christian policies worded this bill as harmlessly as possible but its punitive nature came through loud and clear. Read the wording:
It will prohibit resources concerning treatment or ministry in order to reduce or eliminate same sex attraction or gender dysphoria. Essentially, conferences, counseling, teaching, books, or publications, where money is exchanged for the resource, would be prohibited.
There is no way around the intention here. I said this in as an earlier post: “No exchange of money can be allowed for a book that suggests recovery from same sex attraction or gender dysphoria? No conference can do so either? Oh wait, the Bible does that. And oh, yeah a Bible Conference will do that. This is no slippery slope. This is the cliff.”
The immediate impact would be on any event where money is exchanged that teaches deliverance from sexual sin. But it gets worse.
It is a threshold law. That means it opens the door to further laws that seek to shut down the Christian moral opinion altogether. Herod used this method. In Acts 12:1,2 it says, “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews. he proceeded further to seize Peter also. ”
Do you see what’s happening here? California legislators are testing the pulse of the public. They want to see, to what degree, they can inject their radical anti-Christian and yes, anti-American views into law.
Sacramento knows full well their new law violates the constitution. They already broke federal law and violated the constitution with their sanctuary policy. California state government sees itself as a separate nation not beholden to the Constitution.
The next logical step is to make a viewpoint illegal. It would be against the law to teach or sell Bibles. Churches that held to Biblical morality could be closed. Christians who stated their convictions would be fired, marginalized and even jailed. What we have here is the dawn of state-sponsored persecution of Christians. But it gets even worse than that.
What we have here is the dawn of American state-sponsored persecution of Christians.
Radical political activists and politicians across America are watching CA/B 2943 very closely. When I said it is a threshold law, I also mean it is a model for similar laws across America.
To say we need to nip this in the bud is the understatement of the century. How do we do this? We begin by standing and fighting for California. It means we must be willing to face a firestorm of criticism. That is a small price to pay for protecting our children, grandchildren and our constitution. But we must find the will to fight.
That will to fight must first be found in the prophetic. Let me explain. Today I read that Yellowstone Park sits on a super volcano that is 44 miles across. If it erupted, it would be thousands of times larger than Mt Saint Helens. Ash would cover the entire U.S.
California, and Los Angeles specially sit on top of a spiritual super volcano. It is breathtaking to list the ministries that have been born in Los Angeles. Here is but a short list: Azusa Street, Billy Graham, Aimee Semple Mcpherson, Kathryn Kuhlman, Calvary Chapel, Youth with a Mission, Full Gospel Businessmen, TBN, and Melodyland where I was ordained. Movement upon movement has ignited here and touched the world.
If the super volcano of the legacy of revival in California were to erupt it would cover the nation.
All over California outbreaks of holy fire are beginning to be seen. Thousands of pastors and preachers have not bowed the knee to Baal.
What is needed now is anointing for political activism. Not politics as usual but a spirit like Daniel to bring wisdom, conviction and influence to pagan culture. Consider how immoral Babylon was. Consider that Daniel began as a slave and was used by God to bring legislation and godly counsel to Babylon. California is no worse than Babylon.
Let’s cry out to God for a spiritual eruption—for the will to fight—for a national flood of prayer for California. Amen.
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